23 Aug 1944
  • USS Hoe arrved at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Tsukushi Maru, hitting her with two of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops from the north and French troops from the south met near Bordeaux, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German V-1 flying bomb killed 211 people in East Barnet, Hertfordshire in southeastern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A B-24 bomber crashed into a school at Freckleton, Lancashire in northwestern England, United Kingdom, killing 57, 35 of whom were children. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the second time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Zang Xilan, flying a P-40N fighter, led nine other P-40N fighters from Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China to escort three B-25 bombers of 1st Bombardment Group of Chinese-American Composite Wing (Provisional) to attack a bridge near Kaifeng, Henan Province, China. En route, he shot down two Ki-44 fighters and damaged another, but damage sustained on his own aircraft forced him to crash land in Hua County, Henan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Ferdinand Catlos failed to secure Soviet backing for his plan to overthrow the pro-German Slovak government. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • In Paris, France, the Drancy Concentration Camp, a transit camp for French Jews used during German occupation, was liberated by Allied troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Allied troops reached the Seine River near Paris, France. Adolf Hitler ordered all bridges in the Paris area to be destroyed, even those viewed as cultural treasures; Hans Speidel would refuse to carry out this order. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Baya departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. Initially ordered to patrol between the Philippine Islands and the Palau Islands, her patrol area was later shifted to the South China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Becuna departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Romania
  • In Bucharest, Romania, King Mihai I removed Marshal Ion Antonescu from power and began to publicly engage the Soviet Union diplomatically. To the northeast, Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front and 3rd Ukrainian Front encircled German 6th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A US B-24 Liberator bomber crashed into the village of Freckleton in Lancashire County, England, United Kingdom at about 1047 hours, destroying the Holy Trinity Church of England School (6 adults and 38 children were killed), three houses (2 were killed), and the Sad Sack Snack Bar (7 American servicemen, 4 British servicemen, and 3 civilians were killed). All 3 members of crew aboard the B-24 bomber were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt rejected Chiang Kaishek's counteroffer of 23 Jul 1944 regarding the American wish for Chiang to include communists in the war against Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Aug 1944
African-American US Army soldiers and American Red Cross workers in Assam, India, 23 Aug 1944; L to R: Cpl Robert Barttow, Pvt James Montgomery, Jeannette C. Dorsey, and Willie Lee JohnsonPolish resistance fighter near Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, Warsaw, Poland, 23 Aug 1944; note captured German K98 rifle and helmetSimone Segouin (nom de guerre Nicole Minet) posing with a MP 40 submachine gun, 23 Aug 1944HMS Mauritius firing on German targets in Audierne Bay, France, 23 Aug 1944
See all photos dated 23 Aug 1944

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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